Bon Jovi advises graduates

Don't be afraid to make some noise, take a chance and get yourself noticed. That's the advice New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi gave Wednesday to the class of 2001 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

"I've been to the top and I've been written off more than once, but I'm still here," the 39-year-old rock star told his captive audience. "Nothing is more important as passion. No matter what you do in life, be passionate." Bon Jovi, who was raised in Sayreville and now lives in Middletown, drew loud cheers when he received an honorary doctor of humanities degree. He also shook hands with several graduates as they jumped on stage to greet him and receive their degrees.

'Shrek' gives lessons for life

The animated fairy tale "Shrek" was a lot of fun to make, but the movie also has a serious message, says Eddie Murphy, one of its co-stars. "The moral of the movie is accepting yourself and loving yourself for who you are," said Murphy, who gives his voice to a hyperactive, talking donkey named Donkey.

The actor-comedian said he didn't get to do much of his trademark improvising on the film, in which Donkey and an ogre named Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) rescue a princess (Cameron Diaz) from a castle. "They really know what they want and they kinda develop the character for you and you just bring the right energy to it," he said.

Celine returns in a big way

"My Heart Will Go On" singer Celine Dion will also go on � and on � and on. The French-Canadian chart-topper will perform 600 shows during the next three years at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas hotel and casino is building a 4,000-seat venue, especially constructed for her show, which will look like the Roman Coliseum.

Dion, who went on hiatus last year in order to have her first child, will have a bit more time off before the new show gets rolling. The new $65 million theater won't be ready until March 2003.

Supermodel photo scam exposed

A man posing as a friend of Niki Taylor bilked $8,000 from her publicist by claiming to have pictures of the critically injured supermodel in her hospital bed, police said Thursday. Police arrested the man and said the photos probably never existed.

Taylor's publicist paid William Siegelin $5,000 for a camera that he said contained unflattering pictures of the supermodel, then paid him $3,000 more when he said he could keep the photos from appearing in tabloids, Atlanta police Maj. John Mathis said. The camera contained exposed film.

Taylor, 26, has been hospitalized since an April 29 car crash in Atlanta that severely damaged her liver. She was taken off a respirator Wednesday and spoke her first words since the crash, asking for a soft drink.


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